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Workspace Design and Worker Productivity
A brief review of the research on how the design of a workplace influences the productivity of workers.
# 153168 | 1,149 words | 6 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 05, 2013 in Business (Human Resources)

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The paper looks at the evidence supporting the notion that a comfortable and well designed workspace affects the productivity of the occupants. The paper shows how building design, layout, thermal conditions and ergonomics do help to increase productivity, and so companies should become actively involved in helping to allow their employees design and guide the interior spaces as they deem necessary. The paper also notes, however, that people's health, social structure and office environment play equal roles as well.

From the Paper:

"There is much evidence supporting the notion that a comfortable, properly arranged and laid out workspace affects the productivity of the occupants. This evidence comes in the form of many different studies and information pertaining to this topic that has been published since the 1960's. The idea that a purpose-built workplace provides its occupants with the highest levels of comfort and potential for productivity has slowly faded since the 1960's, when architects and designers began to take interest in the comfort and organization of work spaces. Certainly there are arguments to the contrary, but the vast amount of evidence that supports the connection between a comfortable and pleasant work environment and space and higher levels of productivity cannot be overlooked.
"Before the 1960's, many buildings were constructed without consideration of the specific noise controls or acoustic performance. Also, most buildings were designed to be purpose driven in their architecture (Brown, Cole, Robinson, and Dowlatabadi, 2010, 227). This is to say that buildings where workers were intended to work in large number, for long hours, were rather dull and drab and tended to crowd these work spaces close together to save room and money. Poor ventilation and heating arrangements do not help with the building's comfort and the employees' sense of well being (Schwede, Davies, and Purdey, 2008, 280)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Akimoto, Takashi; Tanabe, Shin-ichi; Yanai, Takashi; and Masato Sasak. (2010). "Thermal comfort and productivity - Evaluation of workplace environment in a task conditioned office." Building and Environment. Vol. 45, No. 1. Pp. 45-50.
  • Brown, Zosia; Cole, Raymond J.; Robinson, John; and Hadi Dowlatabadi, (2010). "Evaluating user experience in green buildings in relation to workplace culture and context."Facilities. Vol. 28, No. 3/4. Pp.225-238.
  • Capper, G., Holmes, J. and Brown, G. (2008) "Health and wellbeing in a deep plan office space." in Proceedings of the Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (COBRA 2008), Dublin Institute of Technology, 4-5 September 2008, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  • Roaf, Susan and Bairstow, A. (2008). The Oxford Conference: A Re-Evaluation of Education in Architecture. WIT Press: Billerica, MA.
  • Saari, Arto; Tissari, Topi; Valkama, Esko; and Olli Seppanen. (2006). "The effect of a redesigned floor plan, occupant density and the quality of indoor climate on the cost of space, productivity and sick leave in an office building-A case study." Building and Environment. Vol. 41, No. 12. Pp. 1961-1972.

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